Sassparilla has been described as “indie-roots, punk-Americana, and punk-root”
but what really comes to my mind when listening to their latest album The
Darndest Thing is Emmet Otter’s
Jug Band Christmas. Now I make this
comparison not because Sassparilla sound like Muppets, but because they have
that traditional down-by-the-river feeling to their music (and the fact that
they have a washtub bass in the band doesn’t hurt either). Portland, OR
The Darndest Thing is an eight song record that is dark and moves with a steady purpose. The music is content to just be with a totally lack of urgency that adds a spark of river-soaked authenticity to it (I can’t help but visualize this band playing on a porch of a wilderness cabin). The record’s lead single “My First Lover” is a pretty good indication of the entire album. In fact for a band that has been described as one that hopes genres, this is a very focused album.